well as earthquakes and other natural disasters. But God has already removed from his kingdom allthings that can be shaken so that what remains cannot be shaken. God is unchangeable, he cannot besurprised, and what is his, cannot be changed or overthrown. All these things lead us to understand thatGod desires, deserves and
our worship. We have been set free from sin and death, but our freedom came at a price. Because we have received it, something is asked and expected of us in return.God is described as “a consuming fire” both, I think, because God not only will consume those whoreject him, but because our worship of God and our
for God should consume us and set our hearts on fire. When we properly understand what has been done for us and the true value of our freedom, our love for Jesus becomes like a fire that burns within us that compels us to draw closer to himand to do his will.Finally, we hear the words of the prophet Jeremiah
who was called to be God’smessenger when he was barely an adult. Jeremiah complains that he is too young, that no one will listento him and that he is not good at public speaking but God isn’t having any of Jeremiah’s excuses…
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and saywhatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroyand overthrow, to build and to plant.”
God’s words to Jeremiah speak to
as loudly as they spoke to him. God says, regardless of what youthink of your limitations, and regardless of your excuses, “You must go to everyone that I send you.” Atthe end of the day, it doesn’t matter if we think that we’re too young, too old, or too short, or too tall, or too shy, or too forward, too awkward, too overconfident, too smart, too dumb, too poor, too rich, toolazy, too busy or anything else. At the end of the day, when God says go, all that we can do… is to go.Our God is a consuming fire.When God says go, we take our lives in our hands if we do any
than what he commands. If our hearts belong to him, if we are indeed true followers, then God’s command to “go” will light aconsuming fire within us that will compel us to see his vision through to the end.At the end of the day, we are not simply set free. We are not set loose into the Promised Land without acare in the world any more than the people of Israel were five thousand years ago. We have been set freefor a purpose. We have been set free,
we can go into the world and set others free.3